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Zendaya in talks to play Ronnie Spector in biopic after record-breaking Emmy win

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Zendaya and Ronnie Spector

Ronnie wants Zendaya to play her on the big screen (Picture: Stephen Lovekin/REX )

Zendaya is reportedly set to play Ronnie Spector, after the Ronettes frontwoman specifically selected the Euphoria actress.

The 24-year-old is in talks to portray the legendary Spector in a biopic from A24 and New Regency, with Deadline stating that the 77-year-old singer endorsed the actress to play her in her early years.

A24 has closed deals for Spector’s life rights and for Be My Baby, the memoir she wrote with Vince Waldron, with Pulitzer Prize winner Jackie Sibblies Drury in line to write the script.

Zendaya is slated to produce the film along with Marc Platt, Adam Siegel, Mark Itkin and Tom Shelly, with Ronnie Spector and her husband Jonathan Greenfield set to executive produce. 

Spector formed the iconic girl group The Ronettes with her sister Estelle Bennett and their cousin Nedra Talley, and they went on to have hits with songs like Be My Baby and Baby, I Love You.

She experienced a career resurgence in the late 80s when she featured on Eddie Money’s hit Take Me Home Tonight, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 2007.

The Ronettes On Hullabaloo

Zendaya is in talks to play a young Ronnie (Picture: Hullabaloo Archive/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

As well as the early days of The Ronettes, the biopic looks set to delve into Spector’s marriage to producer Phil Spector and their subsequent divorce, as well as her fight for the rights to her music. 

Zendaya is in high demand following her Emmys win earlier this month, as she became the youngest actress to take home the award for lead actress in a drama for her role as Rue in Euphoria. 

She is also only the second black woman to win in that category, following Viola Davis, who won in 2015. 

Zendaya rose to prominence opposite Bella Thorne in the Disney series Shake It Up, , and later went on to bag the main role in the Disney Channel show K.C. Undercover.

Emmy's 2020 Lead Actress - Zendaya

Zendaya won her first Emmy for Euphoria (Picture: ABC)

Since then, she’s become a bonafide movie star, starring as MJ IN Spider-Man: Homecoming and Far From Home and in The Greatest Showman opposite Huh Jackman.

The actress is also set to appear in the eagerly anticipated remake of Dune. 

And Spector isn’t the only star personally choosing Zendaya for roles, as Vivica A Fox recently proposed that the actress play her daughter in Kill Bill 3. 

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